This website has been created as an informational venue for Kelowna area pickleball players who just want to enjoy recreational play at a non-competitive, fun pace. We publish details about the various venues for general pickleball play for both indoor and outdoor courts in Kelowna, since the game of pickleball is rapidly becoming a very popular game for players of all ages and there are now quite a few courts in Kelowna.
Lots of people just want to play pickleball on a drop-in basis and need to know where they can do so, so we offer information for people who don't want to join a club. The people who maintain the www.recreationalpickleball.com website are Kelowna area players who just want to have a fun pickleball experience, either indoor or outdoor, and are sharing information with like-minded viewers of any skill level who want to join in a game of pickleball whenever they are available.
We do not hold tournaments, we have no structured instruction. Our aim is to just let you know where you can play pickleball, where the courts are, and what the fees are on a drop-in basis.
We encourage players of all skill levels to visit any of the pickleball courts mentioned on this website in either the INDOOR or OUTDOOR sections of our website.
Our lists currently show indoor and outdoor courts available at the Parkinson Rec Centre, indoor courts at the Rutland YMCA and both indoor and outdoor courts at the Rutland Activity Centre where play is reserved for ages 50+. Do you know of indoor and outdoor pickleball courts in West Kelowna, Lake Country, or any other nearby location? Contact us and we will be happy to add those venues to our lists.
Play is on a drop-in basis at a location of your choice, subject to the rates and rules of each particular venue.
For indoor play, we recommend that you bring your own racket as there may be only a limited number of rackets available at the different venues. For all outdoor courts, you must bring your own racket and ball.
We offer very low advertising rates. Advertising revenues go towards the maintenance of this website.
Since we are not a club we don't offer lessons, but please check out the Available Clinics page on this website to read about any instructors who have asked us to share their information regarding their instruction times.
Are you an instructor and would like to add your information to our website?
Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to do include your information.
Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.
The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications.
Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels. Pickleball has now become a very popular game throughout North America, mainly among older adults although it is rapidly gaining popularity among the younger set as well.
Legend has it that the game was named after a dog named "Pickles", however there is a fascinating story on Wikipedia explaining the origins of the game."The game started during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of then State Representative Joel Pritchard who, in 1970, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Washington. He and two of his friends returned from golf and found their families bored one Saturday afternoon. They attempted to set up badminton, but no one could find the shuttlecock. They improvised with a Wiffle ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.
Although some sources claim that the name "Pickleball" was derived from that of the Pritchard's family dog, Pickles, other sources state that the claim is false, and that the name came from the term "pickle boat", referring to the last boat to return with its catch. Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard's wife, explained the following "the name came after I said it reminded me of the Pickle Boat crew, where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. Somehow the idea that the name came from our dog Pickles was attached to the naming of the game, but Pickles wasn't on the scene for two more years. The dog was named for the game."